With 2019 fading into history, Steve takes a retrospective look at his favorite movies from the last twelve months
Another year has come and gone. And with it, another year of movies has come and gone. On that note, I’d like to provide you all with my favorites of the year. Keep in mind that these are MY favorites of 2019 and you might disagree with some of them and that is okay.
On with the show now. Here are my top 10 favorite movies of 2019:
10. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Directed by Mike Mitchell, I did not like this one near as much as I did the first one (2014s The Lego Movie) but there were definitely some moments in the film that I enjoyed enough to make this list.
Having been a huge fan of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies Unbreakable and Split, I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to see this one in the theater so when it came out on Blu-Ray I watched it as soon as I could. I think my expectations were too high. It did not meet them. But, on the same note, it was not a terrible movie.
8. Men in Black: International
This “reboot” (sort of but not really) to the franchise was directed by F. Gary Gray. I enjoyed it. I’m a big fan of this franchise and although it was not my favorite of the franchise, I enjoyed the different perspective that the new cast and creative team brought to it.
7. Terminator: Dark Fate
I apparently did not hate this movie near as much as everybody else did. I am a big fan of the Terminator franchise. The only product in the franchise that I have not seen is the TV show The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I had been anticipating this one since I first saw the trailer for it. It was not my favorite of the series but it certainly wasn’t my least favorite. This one was directed by Tim Miller and the screenplay was adapted by a screenplay co-written by the guy that started it all, James Cameron.
I had been literally waiting for this movie to come out for years. I have always been a fan of Captain Marvel (the DC version)/Shazam. It was the one superhero movie that had not been done that I really wanted to see. I followed everything about this movie quite extensively. The film itself…the reason this one is not higher in the ranking…is because there were some things I did not like about the film (I won’t go into all of them here) and some things I think they could have done differently. Overall, however, I did enjoy the movie and I’m glad that those in movie land finally got around to putting out a Shazam movie. This film was directed by David F. Sandberg.
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5. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Love me some Spider-Man. This MCU version of Spider-Man is without a doubt and without any question, my favorite iteration of Spider-Man on film. Leave it to those in charge of the MCU to finally get it right. I will say that I did not necessarily enjoy this movie more than I enjoyed 2017’s Homecoming (both were directed by Jon Watts) but I still enjoyed this movie quite a bit.
4. Captain Marvel
I’d been waiting on this one since that post-credit scene in Infinity War. This movie, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, did not disappoint. I found it a little odd that they made the Skrulls the good guys but I did not hate what they did with them. Other than that little nitpicky thing, I really loved this movie.
Another one I had been waiting on for a while. I really had no idea what to expect. My expectations of the movie were not high and this movie surpassed those low expectations. Such a great movie about how the Joker becomes the Joker. The de-evolution of a person with mental illness and his iconic descent into utter madness. The performance of Joaquin Phoenix was phenomenal. Personally, the Heath Ledger Joker is still my favorite Joker overall but this one is a very very close second.
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2. Avengers: Endgame
The conclusion to the Infinity phase of the MCU was amazing! Such a great culmination of everything that has been happening in the MCU for the past 11 years.
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1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
It’s Star Wars so that should say enough. It was an amazing end to the Skywalker saga. It answered some questions we’ve all been asking and at the same time opened up a few new questions that may or may not ever be answered. Loved this movie. My favorite of the sequel trilogy.
What are your top movies of 2019? Drop us a line in the comments section and have your say.
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Steve Long is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. Aside from being a passionate Star Wars fan, he also co-hosts the Rogue One Radio Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @otter272 where he channels his passion frequently!